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Ashvins
2012
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HSI Shih-Pin
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
Ashvins
2012
stainless-steel , titanium-plating , wood
270 x 500 x 200cm
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In his dialogue Phaedrus, Plato compares the souls of gods and men, both immortal, to chariots pulled by two horses each. While both horses of a god are good, a man's soul is pulled by a good horse and a bad one. Zeus leads a procession of gods' and fairies' chariots, each pulled by two flying horses, to the pinnacle of heaven: their colorless, shapeless and intangible dwelling place. On the contrary, all men are impeded by the uncontrollable ups and downs of a bad horse that plunge them into a worrisome chaos. Eventually, men's souls fall to earth because of the broken wings; it takes a 10,000-year process of reincarnation for the wings to grow back and take them to where they started.

The artist has narrated a mythological text and constructed this chariot named Ashvins. A model is an object used in architecture to test, confirm, discuss, and allude. It closely resembles the actual object but is not an exact copy. The artwork places an object onto the location and forms a domain. With this domain separated from the exhibition space and turned into a secret path for the audience to enter into a personal mythological realm. The animal and architectural form derived from the artist’s own personal experiences have come to narrate a personal history written by the artist himself. It is very intimate but also connected to collective memories shared with the audience. It allegorically expresses the artist’s personal experiences with suppression and worship and the father and son relationship (male competition) observed in the Taiwanese society.

ARTISTS
30 artworks / 14 exhibition
Installation Art , Sculpture
Born in 1977 in Taipei, Taiwan, Hsi Shih-Pin received an MFA degree of Plastic Arts from Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). He specializes in sculpture and installation of mixed media. The variety of Hsi’s works shows in the combinatio ...
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HSI Shih-Pin, 2011, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2012, Painting
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HSI Shih-Pin, 2011, Painting
HSI Shih-Pin, 2014, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2013, Installation Art
HSI Shih-Pin, 2014, Installation Art , Sculpture